Physician Associate

  • Job Reference: 00000030-1
  • Date Posted: 8 April 2021
  • Employer: Oasis Primary Care Network
  • Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
  • Salary: £38,890 to £44,503
  • Job Title: Physician Associate - all
  • Job Type: Contract

Job Description

Oasis Primary Care Network is seeking to recruit three Physician Associate’s on a Full Time basis.

 As a Physician Associate (PA) you will be acting within your professional boundaries, providing care for patients from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of their care under the supervision of a GP. You will demonstrate safe clinical decision-making and expert care for patients within a General Practice team to support the delivery of policy and procedures to meet the needs of patients. 

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and adaptable to change, with excellent clinical skills and a good level of competence in the use of I.T. Candidates should exhibit good organisational skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of healthcare professionals and other stakeholders including patients, families and carers. The successful candidate will work in a number of practices, independently, but also as part of a supportive practice team and the Primary Care Network.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

 Clinical

  • To deliver a high standard of patient care using advanced autonomous clinical skills with in-depth theoretical knowledge and evidence based practice working under the supervision of a GP
  • To manage a clinical caseload and deal with presenting patient’s needs in a primary care setting
  • To provide clinical leadership where appropriate within the practice and support other members of the team to develop and maintain clinical skills appropriate to your role and expertise.
  • Provide first point of contact for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems, utilizing history taking, physical examination, problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills to establish a working diagnosis and management plan working in partnership with patients.
  • Undertake as agreed surgery based consultations for emergency or routine problems including management of long term conditions. In addition, undertake telephone consultations / home visits and participate in duty rota
  • Instigate necessary invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests or investigations and interpret findings/reports within the scope of a PA’s practice. Discuss the result and implications of laboratory investigations with patients
  • Utilize clinical guidelines and promote evidence-based practice
  • Offer a holistic service to patients and their families, developing where appropriate an on-going plan of care/support with an emphasis on prevention and self-care
  • Refer patients directly to other services or agencies using appropriate referral pathways
  • Ensure safe handover of care within and outside the practice as appropriate
  • Work directly with members of the practice primary health care team and support integrated patient centered care through appropriate working with wider primary care / social care networks
  • Identify community health needs and participate in the development of patient/family-centered strategies to address them
  • Contribute to the practice quality targets to consistently achieve high standards of safe, evidence-based, cost-effective patient care and service delivery

     Confidentiality

     In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers.They will also have access to information relating to Oasis PCN and the practices as a business organisation.  All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential

  • Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data

     Health & safety

     

    The post-holder will implement a full range of promotion and management their own and others’ health and safety and infection control, as defined in the practice Health & Safety policy, the practice Health & Safety manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will include (but will not be limited to):

     

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines
  • Correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Awareness of national standards of infection control and cleanliness and regulatory / contractual / professional requirements, and good practice guidelines
  • Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks
  • Actively identifying, reporting, and correction of health and safety hazards and infection hazards immediately when recognised
  • Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, sterile, identifying issues and hazards / risks in relation to other work areas within the business, and assuming responsibility in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness across the business in consultation (where appropriate) with other sector managers
  • Undertaking periodic infection control training (Annually)
  • Routine management of own team / team areas, and maintenance of work space standards
  • Demonstrate due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

     

    Equality and diversity  

  • Acting in a way that recognizes the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner that is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

     Personal/Professional development  

  • Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work

     Quality  

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients’ needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources

     Contribution to the implementation of services 

    The post-holder will; 

  • Apply Network policies, standards and guidance
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
  • Contribute to wider policies such as GP prescribing policies, the review and development of existing project information management systems and contribute to the development of an integrated approach to project management
  • Participate in audit where appropriate.
  • Take the UK PA National Re-Certification Exam every six years - required for Physician Associates AND maintain your professional registration working within the latest Code of Professional Conduct (CIPD)
  • Undertake statutory and mandatory training as required by the practice

 

 This job description may be reviewed in the light of changing organisational and service needs. Any changes will be fully discussed with the post holder. The post holder may also be required to carry out other work appropriate to the grade of the post.